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. it was downgraded to a category 3. state leaders are still not taking chances. virginia will go into emergency mode to prepare for never the storm could bring. courtney robinson has more details from the satellite center. it's good it has been downgraded. >> it is. there's a hurricane watch in place in virginia on the coast. it has been almost 20 years since the hurricane had so much of the eastern seaboard in its sights. hurricane earl blew through the mile-per- with 135 - hour winds, leaving people without clean drinking water. it is expected to parallel the east coast, possibly present allen banks of north carolina. officials are preparing and many beachgoers are evacuating already. in ocean city, maryland to the town officials are preparing for the worst. lifeguards have rescued many swimmers from dangerous recurrence in the past few days. >> i never thought i would be in that position before. i was really scared. they got me alex. >> virginia is bracing as well, getting ready for a state of emergency. the current projections put it 200 miles off virginia beach. too close for comfort as it coul
way from 121 down towards the split. our next stop 66 headed eastbound in virginia. all clear, nice and green. you're moving at speed here through centreville and ending with a glance at 95 headed southbound. near the thornburg area we're getting word of some brush fires taking away some lanes for drivers right before route 3. you're definitely going to want to watch for crews. my advice, avoid this if you can. 95 and thornburg avoid it if you can. >>> hurricane earl is continuing to spin towards the east coast. it's forecast to at least graze north carolina's outer banks or more late thursday but virginia's governor isn't taking any chances. governor bob mcdonnell will declare an emergency later this morning. 9news now's kristin fisher has the latest. >> reporter: well current forecast put the eye of the storm hitting just about 200 miles east of virginia beach but governor bob mcdonnell is not taking any chances. he wants to go ahead and declare an emergency today just in case earl comes closer to making landfall so the national guard and state manual personnel have enough time to
. end with 95 northbound in virginia. it is one solid, steady slow ride from lorton to backlick and going southbound, we were hoping the accident at backlick would have cleared by now but it is still there taking away alet lane. >>> at the top of the hour it is all the about hurricane earl. as howard told us the storm is moving by the outer banks. this is what it looks like in atlantic beach, north carolina. a lot of towns were evacuated ahead of the storm. the delmarva is bracing for a brush with earl later this afternoon. how are things looking right now? >> well, we somewhere are just starting to feel the tropical afcs. the wind has picked up. close to gale gale force. an the winds off the ocean has a tropical feel. so we know something is close but as howard reported really primetime for earl on the delmarva peninsula is yet to come. probably in the mid to late morning. although officials here in ocean city think it will be over by 3:00. even so, this has been an exercise in preparedness. the big gates on the sea walls slammed shut. the final preparations for keeping a menac
and the springfield exit. looks good on 66 and 95 in virginia. 95 maryland, lingering goldwork, but it will not get anything to your travel. leaving the beltway and southbound into colombia, still getting the green light even with the lingering construction. no issues on the green lettuce, a total, 66, 270. back to you. >> thank you. >>> getting ready for hurricane earl, the category 4 is not expected to make landfall in the u.s., but state leaders are not taking chances. watches and warnings are in effect up and down the east coast. >> de virginia a's government will declare an emergency so that local agencies can be ready photograph happens. courtney robinson has the latest. >> many officials do not want residents or beach goers to be caught off guard, which is why we are seeing what is put into place. fema is deploying teams from the carolinas to main. north carolina does have a hurricane watch in place. virginia gov. bob mcdonnell will declare a state of emergency today. the hurricane greatest the caribbean islands, leaving damage, but no deaths or injuries. earl is over the open ocean now and
in, in the next half hour. hey, virginia it's 66 headed eastbound you're already slow. from 50 over to 153 that's plus five minutes and that is growing and let's look at some 90s now. video, this is from yesterday. this is the scene out on 95 southbound near -- or after thornburg and this is a tractor- trailer that was on fire as you can see it sparked some brush fires in the area. we're still dealing with this problem this morning. in fact, crews still on the scene this morning taking away lanes as needed. so expect to slowdown. we're not seeing delays anything like this right now and expect to slowdown crossing over thornburg right before route 3. i'll send it back to peggy. >>> at top of the hour here's a look at some of the stories happening today. mid east peace talks come to washington. it's the first face-to-face meeting in two years. >>> ground breaking today for a new home for the national cancer institute. it's off shady grove road in rockville, maryland. eventually it will house 2100 workers. >>> the dramatic candidate for mayor in d.c. take part in a debate today. it's
, everybody. right now already dealing with the first accident of the morning and it comes from virginia. southbound 95. watch for it at backlick road. we are losing two left lanes going northbound you are okay. continuing on to 3 t 5 northbound, everything is nice and clear from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. we are tracking 66 eastbound. no problems to report out this way through mass transit to inside this -- manassas to the beltway. north of the district from georgia avenue, continuing in to virginia crossing the american legion bridge and wrapping up with southbound 95 an the bw parkway, smooth sailing for those traveling out of the baltimore area past 198 toward powder mill and beyond. >>> hurricane earl is heading up the east coast. right now it is a category two storm an it is situated off the coast of north carolina and carrying winds as high as 105 miles an hour. the national weather service says it produced a small storm surge an minor flooding. much of the east coast is expected to endure 28 hours of stormy windy weather as earl swirls north. it is expected to stay aw
. thursday of school in northern virginia. not that outside. a little warmer than yesterday. not as refreshing as yesterday morning. short sleeve weather for this afternoon. let's look at the customer numbers. 63 in woodbridge. 68 thaksin no, 66 in reston. 68 in lexington park. 70 degrees downtown. 90 for the high tetris. mostly sunny, scattered clients. los humidity. the average high is 82. -- scattered clouds. lau to lisa baden -- now to lisa baden. >>> beltway travel and interstate travel look good. looks good out to the airport. the focus will be on neighborhood streets. we are very quiet. a good run in the mixing bowl in reston. back to you. >> thank you. >>> today could be the worst traffic they this area has seen in months. courtney robinson is along to 70 -- along 270. >> as we begin to see school buses and many commuters heading to work, we will seek a just and pick up. there's not much you can do. get ready to hit the brakes. >> it is part of living in the city. >> today will be one of forced traffic days in the metro region. people are back to work and back to sc
. >>> slow traffic on 95 in virginia northbound at the prince william parkway. we are going to see if there is any delay for news choppers 7. -- newschopper 7. baltimore washington parkway. leaving and going into laurel, it is nothing but volume. back to you. >> thank you. >>> our top story, a bracing for hurricane earl. an hour ago the storm was downgraded to a category three. if it is still on track to skirt the east coast. state leaders up and down the atlantic are not taking chances. today virginia will go into emergency mode to prepare for whatever it could bring. courtney robinson is live in a satellite center with more details. what is the latest? >> a hurricane watch is in place for n.c. and virginia coast. it has been almost 20 years since the hurricane had so much of the eastern seaboard in its sights. hurricane earl blue through the caribbean at 135 miles an hour, ves off andh roof leaving people without clean drinking water. it is expected to parallel the east coast, possibly pressing the outer banks of north carolina. officials are preparing. many beachgoers are evacua
things are in leesburg, virginia. kristin fisher is live tracking our storm alert. some are seeing rain, others reason. what are you seeing, kristin? >> we are seeing more rain now. it has been stop and start throughout the morning. when i first saw you at 5:00 there was pouring rain and then 5:30 no rain. and now we are in between. if you look at the street light you can see how much rain we are getting right now. nothing too crazy whatsoever but certainly enough to have some sort of an impact on the morning commute if you are heading in to the washington, d.c. area from loudoun county. also take a look at this video that our photographer gregos shot earlier this morning, just outside of dulles airport. you can see the rain is really coming down strong right there. and that's what we have been worried about all morning long is the flash flooding. could that type of rain lead to flash flooding. and here and throughout much of the washington area we are under a flash flood watch until 8:00 this morning. right through the heart of the morning rush. so this is indeed going to continue to b
's deadly collision. >>> the first day of school fula hundreds of thousands of students in northern virginia. nursultan in fairfax, arlington, prince william, loudoun, and stafford counties as well as the city of alexandria, falls church, manassas, manassas park, and fredericksburg. many school systems will be dealing with an influx of new students, budgets, and salary freezes. tuesday morning, turning to the mayor's race. incumbent adrian fenty secured another major endorsement. the washington examiner endorsed him, citing his record on safety, education, and improved service. the endorsement comes a week before the primary and in the midst of early voting. >>> police are looking for two men in connection with a violent home invasion robbery in woodbridge. seven people in the house, including a newborn baby, when two masked men entered through an unlocked door. the victim wanted their identity protected. >> they took everything i own and everything i saved for. >> this is where they hit me with a pistol and the gun went off. >> no one was shot during the robber left seconds before and willi
at wusa9.com. click on 9 news extras. >>> today an apology from virginia's governor. you may remember when the proclaimed april to be confederate history month, the governor has a change of heart now and is renaming the month and has admitted he offended the lot of folks the first time around. >> reporter: the governor called it an error of taste, not heart, saying my major omission of livery hurt a lot of people, myself included. and the governor is now officially changing it to the civil war in virginia month. folks we spoke to here in northern virginia accept the apology but many have mixed reactions regarding his message and the meaning. >> i will accept his apology. i don't think he's a racist. >> i think the civil war is over with. let's move on. he kind of wants to take us back in history. that's done w. let's start a new patten. >> reporter: in old town, alexandria, blocks from the confederate soldiers staff too chew concern about striking the right balance between paying homage to the tate's history and being sensitive and forward moving. >> i thought it was backwards and going op
. it was near 40 in a few locations of western maryland and west virginia. a view from space showing a clear sky. won't have any travel problems. a beautiful travel pattern for today with sunshine. still not very humid. then tomorrow into the upper 80s again. we'll have a front coming through by early afternoon, a small chance of a shower as it does come through. we've have a blustery wind gusting to 25 tomorrow afternoon and cooler weather feeling beautifully dry and comfortable on thursday and friday. ashley, how's the back to school traffic? >> back to school we go. unfortunately we're rapping up most of the issue from yesterday. the red line will open at 5:00 a.m. between takoma and wheaton. the volume is light on the roads but more company than this hour yesterday. the truck scale lanes are open. no trouble spots around the beltway. clean slate this morning. >> ashley, thank you. >>> with the return to work and school for almost everyone in our area now, that means more road congestion on this so-called terrible tuesday. there's our vdot camera, traffic moving along just fine, won't be the
. in virginia, i-395 looks great leaving town, continuing on to southbound 95 in virginia and westbound 66, you don't see that every day at this time. no problems to report so everyone have a great evening. back to you. >> you too, dave. >>> well most students in northern virginia head back to school tomorrow. that includes the city of alexandria, arlington, fairfax, loudoun and prince william counties. fairfax county is the largest school system in the area, with more than 170,000 kids. and some are heading back to construction sites. beechwood elementary in falls church is undergoing a major expansion. the principal said the whole thing will be worth it in the end when they have a brand spanking new facility. for students it's a mixture of anxiety and excitement. >> who is excited? >> i don't have to do football every day. >> so you're tired of football? and you're exciting about homework and reading and writing and math? >> no. >> well hopefully most kids have thur supplies to go for backpacks. but some families waited until the last minute. we found some frustrated shoppers leaving stores e
the attorneys general of maryland and virginia joined 15 other states in asking the website to block its adult services section. today they got results. darcy spencer joins us in the studio now with more on this story. darcie? >> maryland's attorney general told me craigslist needed to take this action. it's a site where kids can trade be baseball cards, you can buy a couch and engauge in prostitution. and that's just wrong. when you go on the popular website craigslist, one feature is now gone, where he used to be able to click on adult services, it now says sensored. >> this is what we asked them to do. this is what we asked them to do. this is not a gray area. craigslist was being used as a medium, as a vehicle for people to commit illegal acts. >> craigslist removed the adult services section from the site two weeks after attorneys general from across the country demanded its removal. maryland attorney general is among 17 top prosecutors who wanted craigslist to stop offering an online brothel. >> on craigslist, there were literally women for sale. there was an online brothel going on. we
northbound in virginia. looking good from et cetera toll the 14th street bridge. 66 eastbound out of centreville. no issues making your way past route 50 to the beltway. 270 southbound looks good here at 109 to the split. no problems as it is wide open. also want to remind drivers, hov restrictions have been lifted today except for route 50. if coming back from the beaches or across the bay bridge, be prepared for that. that's in affect. 66 and 95 is clear. and 95 bw parkway no problems this morning. >>> some employees at virginia's department of motor vehicles will be at work this labor day holiday. they are racking up the poll day pay to clear a backlog that was created during the computer system meltdown. kristin fisher is live in alexandria. and i don't see any lines yet. >> no lines yet. and i highly doubt a trip to the dmv is how most people like to spend their labor day holiday but if you are affected by last week's computer blackout, then, you know, this may not be a bad idea. this dmv location in alexandria is one of 14 locations in the state that will be open today, labo
, and stealing more than half a million dollars, mainly in family gold from indian americans in northern virginia. two other men, including her husband, have been charged. but that was hardly the case when i visited laha a year ago. $100,000 worth of diamonds, gold and other valuables snatched away. her community scared, paranoid and skeptical of everyone who came into their neighborhood. >> now, at least they can go to their house, sleep in their house. the house is a place where you live, and it was a hunting place. >> reporter: according to court documents, she found them by going to the white pages and having a scanner, tuned to police frequencies, she broke into dozens of homes. she listened to police scanners to make sure they wouldn't get caught while her accomplices stole priceless jewels. they felt victimized once again when the cases were dismissed on the state level. it all changed when the feds took over. >> the families still hold out hope that one day soto will lead them to the precious jewelry and gold that meant so much to them. >> it was like my tenth anniversary ring i get back,
still a few 50s on the map. mar martinsburg, west virginia, 57. andrews air force base 58. 64 degrees now in la plata, may maryland. a gradual increase in clds will ce our way duri the course of the afternoon. most of us will stay completely dry. there have been a few random rain drops in the panhandle of west virginia and far southern pennsylvania. but on thehole good weather for today. no rain threat for the redskins and the texans. >> good to hear it. thanks, chuck. >>> in our headlines now after almost five months there appears to be good newsfrom the gulf. the deepwater horizon well is almost officially closed. scientists confirm theractured rig is sealed off forever. the end of the leak doesn't mean the end of major problems in the gulf. nbc's jay gray has more now from venice, louisiana. >> reporter: the final pressure test should be over now but there's still no word on sults or if the well has been officially killed. in the final hours on the primary relief well after pumping in 74 barrels of cement and making sure it was set there was a sense of confidence and pride.
felt, but first bruce leshan is kicking off the coverage live in virginia beach. earlier you were seeing more winds and rain. what are you seeing now. >> still fairly light rain. although i'm getting slapped in the face a little bit and the wind is gusting up to maybe, 15 to 17 miles an hour. you can see the beechcrafts around me blowing good. there are all sorts of signs that say earl doesn't swirl here and so far he is well off the coast. i don't know how familiar you are with the geography but the outer banks stick pretty far east in to the ocean and we recede to the west and earl should remain 150 miles off the coast. look at video we shot a few minutes ago. this is the scene along atlantic avenue and the boardwalk in virginia beach. you can see the wind is blowing pretty good, but not much more than you would get in a decent regular storm, nonhurricane kind of storm in the summer. there are a lot of storm chases who come out. we saw people on the beach at 4:00 in the morning looking for earl and so far not seeing anything that impressed them too much, but there are thousands
to the panhandle west virginia. it's just skirting right near montgomery as well. this is all assoiated with an area of low pressure that's spinning south and west of us. it will spin a cool front later today. that will likely bring other showers through midday. for this morng, we're in the 60s and low 70s. 72 in washington. we'll hold steady while we have the rain. there's a chance for downpours. maybe blustery winds as well through noon time. and sun back with highs near 80 degrees. there mabe storms on the eastern shore this afternoon. and then tomorrow some sun in the morning, clouding out in the afternoon. we could get another surge rain drying out on friday. jerry, how is our traffic? >> it kind of all depends where you are. clear, dry payment on the 270 corridor. germantown, all the way down to the capital beltay. good start there. no worries. out to the west, though, different story on interstate 66. those of you coming in at the toll road, 50. lots of road spray. at this point it's a little volume from haymarket to manass. no accidents toreport. again, just like yterday, be ver
from last night when most people went to bed, hurricane watch now issued for the virginia coastline in addition to most of the north carolina. got a map to show you. we'll take another quick look at earl. surf city, north carolina to paramour island, that is under a hurricane watch. the watch has been extended. don't be surprised if later today, it is not extended further north up into maryland, maybe new jersey, up into southern new england later this afternoon. 125miles per hour. that makes it a category three storm. it has lost a little steam overnight. still a very formidable, very powerful hurricane. so tracking off to the north and west at 16 miles per hour. it will be just off outer banks by overnight thursday into friday morning. so we'll see how things start to go downhill here over the next couple of days. for us, just a hot one. right now, we are in the 70s. 76 at reagan national. 70 in baltimore. 71 for you in ocean city. our forecast is easy. lots of sunshine. it will be hot this afternoon with highs back in the middle 90s. 95 intown. 96 in waldorf. 94, one of the coole
state and local governments, we turn to virginia. the state's governor is looking for new revenues from a product as old as the hills: alcohol. stephanie dhue looks at whether the governor's plan to privatize liquor sales will be a budget win or a hangover in the making. >> reporter: in town hall meetings around the state, governor robert mcdonnell is making the case for getting virginia out of the liquor business. >> i don't necessarily think it's a core function of government to have to distribute gray goose or jack daniel's, i think there's other things that are probably more important. >> reporter: the governor proposes auctioning 1,000 liquor licenses to retailers, like costco, giant, and 7-11, which already sell beer and wine in virginia. the state would also auction wholesale licenses and get rid of its warehouse and state-owned stores. the proposal promises to bring in nearly $0.5 billion to help fund transportation projects. >> letting the free market work, we can generate a one-time windfall for transportation and keep an equivalent amount of money coming to the state, it's ju
. >>> in virginia, bob mcdonnell is expected to unveil a plan to impose a 4% tax on all bars and restaurants. according to reports, the 4% tax includes a 1.5% tax on all stores and restaurants that sell liquor and 2.5% tax on the overall annual sales. the money raise would make up for the money lost if the state privatizes the liquor store. he believes the changes could bring in $260 million a year. >>> today may feel like summer but tomorrow more like fall? >> we have cooler weather moving in. right now a front coming into the mountains triggering much needed rain, a couple of little showers down in the southern eastern panhandle of west virginia. that is drifting over maybe crossing into the shenandoah valley. elsewhere, no precipitation, just a few clouds coming through. it's a balmy morning. 76 at national airport, montgomery arlington, in the of 60s. we'll have a few clouds coming through as the weak front comes in. a very small chance of a passing shower, now until around noontime. and then tomorrow, yes, turning cooler after we get into the 80s today. a blustery wind this afternoon wi
and 66 in virginia heating up. 395 in good stead from the belt way to the 14th street bridge. southbound on 270, more neighbors in the roads. if nothing between the american legion bridge and the wilson bridge on the maryland side. looks good through cheverly. 95, baltimore washington parkway quiet. route 4 and route 5, a bus is rolling out. let's show you the approach into a germantown, 270 looks good qasab carolee boulevard -- looks good at father hurley. >>> courtney robinson is live along 270 in rockville. >> traffic is picking up. we have seen quite a few cars on the roads. if things will get worse as more kids go back to school and workers go back to work. get ready to hit the bricks and the gridlock. >> it is part of living in the city. >> today is expected to be one of the worst traffic delays in the metro region. back from vacation. >> terrible traffic tuesday was the name coined to describe the absolute worst gridlock in months, the day after labor day. a day of reckoning for motorists, for kids going back to school. >> the traffic nightmare will only get worse because many co
on terror. >>> today republicans will reveal the new pledge to america in sterling, virginia. the gop promises to repeal democrat's health care reform package if it wins back the house in november. >>> barring last-minute action, teresa lewis will be executed tonight in virginia. she pleaded got ordering the murders of her husband and stepson. governor mcdonnell rejected two requests. >>> also today a sit-down meeting between the presumptive next mayor and the school chancellor. kristin fisher is live outside of the wilson building. >> we don't know if we will have a definitive answer as to what will happen with rhee today but at the very least we should be getting some kind of indication as to how their relationship will be progressing in the weeks leading up to november's general election. this has been the dominant issue ever since vince gray won the democratic primary last week. rhee signaled she has no long- term interest in working for gray. one day after his primary victory she called the win devastating for dc school children. that's not the kind of statement you are likely to
front slicing through pennsylvania, west virginia in to parts of virginia. i want to switch it to live doppler 9000 hd because i zoomed in to the area in west virginia an the state line, west of new market, southwest of winchester approaching strasburg, front royal. it is moving to the east. these are light sprinkles, not much rain to talk about. temperature-wise, the clouds and southerly winds have held us in the 70s. cool spot reston at 70. we are at 77. going up to near 90. upper 80s by noon and also for 5:00 look for for sun and some wind. go over to angie goff. >> rev up the engines folks, we are getting geared up for a new hour. one issue out there we are dealing with. a water make main break on 410 where it meets 295. one lane on the right side getting by in both directions. moving to 270, take it outside. it is a problem free commute past father hurley to the split. as we move to virginia, 495 in virginia from the wilson bridge to 95 up to 66 looks like drivers are moving at speed. the same situation for those of you traveling 395. no incidents or accidents along the
88 to the live camera out there. coming from that part of virginia in to dc. volume is picking up. good morning on the outer loop we are seeing volume building between university and georgia by all lanes remain open. route 4, route 5 and 30 in maryland lacking good no incidents or accidents to report. an in dc inbound new york avenue is filling out between bladensburg and the times building. >>> here's a look at the stories happening today. president obama heads to fairfax, virginia this afternoon he will meet with a family there. he will lead a discussion on the economy. the man accused of trying to employee up an international flight last christmas goes back to court. a judge is expected to set a trial date. defense lawyers are trying to reach a plea feel. >>> a new traffic pattern is in place on the 14th street bridge. the left most lane is closed. this is part of ongoing work on the bridge. expect it to be in place for eight weeks. >>> also happening today, a lot of people will be wearing that purr gundy and gold. maybe you should throw some on, too, to sell operate the redski
. in virginia, 395, you are still slow. plus five minutes soar to make it from edsall to the seminary exit and we will wrap it up in northeast dc. i give you inbound new york avenue where it looks like we are below speed from the washington times building toward bladensburg road. that's the traffic. back to you. >>> at the top of the hour, here's a look at the stories happening today. president obama travels to cleveland to lay out his latest economic plan. it involves $180 billion in spending and business tax cuts. mr. obama will argue against extending president bush's income tax peak for the wealthy. today b.p. releases its findings in to the deep water horizon oil spill. the internal investigation was done by b.p.'s safety and operations division. the explosion killed 11 people and spilled 5 million-barrels of oil. >>> today virginia governor bob mcdonnell unveils a new tax plan. it would add a charge to alcoholic drinks at bars an restaurants. it is part of his plan to sell off the state-run abc stores. >>> a ruling on holiday displays at government buildings in loudoun county. we hav
. construction already complete in triangle. northbound traffic is good. southbound in virginia there is a minor crash on the left side with traffic getting by unscathed to the right. nothing in and out of baltimore. traffic is good on the beltway. back to the news desk. >> of course our top story this morning, hurricane earl starting to make its way up the east coast now. the storm's wrath is now being felt in southeastern virginia. there is flooding in the outer banks. authorities will be out to check for any major damage. the beaches in ocean city, maryland have been closed. >> adam caskey continues our team coverage. good morning, adam. any problems yet out there? >> no real issues out here yet in ocean city. the weather is slowly deteriorating but it really is not that bad. it is clocking sustained winds, a little over 10-mile-per-hour with gusts a little in excess of 15-mile-per-hour. i'm steadily seeing those gusts slowly but surely increase as they have all night. the conditions slowly deteriorate. here is a look at the hurricane. it is 80 miles east-southeast of cape hateras reduced to
work on the beltway at virginia and arlington boulevard, the traffic is able to get through. you can see that flashing light under the g.e. in georgia. traffic is very light in volume but they are still out there working for the morning. now, the news desk. >> thank you much. at 5:01, our top story, a man is behind bars this morning facing child pornography possession charges. even more disturbing, mark barget spent hours interacting with children all over northern virginia during his side job as a wrestling referee. a case of dumb luck, pretty much. >> that's right. in fact, some would say it was just sheer chance that he has now been charged with counties of child pornography. this has been troubling for parents because for eight years barget was working with jackson major high and high school students. his the house next door burned down and while firefighters performed a check of his home, they found pornography. he judged wrestling matches and performed skin checks on students throughout northern virginia. the wrestler's association, which is contracted by the school district, s
the bridge. take you to the beltway in virginia, lanes are wide open from braddock up to 66. nice, clean and green. 270, good morning, maryland, heading southbound, no incidents or accidents. a good amount of volume building between germantown road making your way to montgomery village avenue. now over to andrea. >> thank you, angie. >>> at the top of the hour, here are the stories happening today. bermuda officials are heading out to assess the damage caused by hurricane igor. the storm passed 40 miles to the west of the island but weakened to a category 1 hurricane. parts of bermuda were flooded from the heavy rain. over 19,000 people in the british territory are without power this morning. >>> prosecutors in michigan are holding a press conference today to announce more charges against the suspected serial killer. police believe he stabbed and killed five people in michigan. he is a suspect in two stabbings and hammer attack in leesburg, virginia. his attorneys expect prosecutors to charge his client with at least one murder and three to four attempted murder charges. >>> a virginia w
-food restaurants. police believe all five 06 these northern virginia businesses were targets of the same robber. a similar method was used in each holdup. >> reporter: this armed robber has struck five businesses since late july. three of them have been haircuttery salons. police say the surveillance video shows a serial armed robber purling a knife while 408ding up a haircuttery salon. he swiped money from cash registers at businesses in fairfax and always string between late morning and early aftnoon. >> we're working closely with the county detectives on this because he, obviously, sees no jurisdictional boundaries so neither can we. >> reporter: pice say the robber started the crime spree on july 26th when he held up a cash 'n carry on lee jackson memorial highway and struck again on september 6th at this kfc/taco bell restaurant. he then hit three haircutteres in fairfax county on september 12th and 14th. >> the frequency increased. the first case was more than a month ago and now he see to be doing it within a matter of days. that concerns us. >> reporter: in each case, the robber brandis
in virginia in almost a century. bruce leshan spoke to her attorney who said she exhausted her appeals. >> from death row she sings for help from above ♪ i need a miracle ♪ >> reporter: but the one man on earth who could save her life has turned her down twice. >> i will tell the governor, if i speak to him one on one, how sorry i really am. what i want to happen. i wish i could take it back. >> reporter: theresa lewis pleaded guilty to plotting the murders of her husband and stepson for their life insurance but while the judge sentenced two men to life, he handed lewis a death sentence, saying she was clearly the head of the serpent. we talked to her lawyer as he drove to death row to be with her in her final hours. >> i think it is grossly unfair to have the triggermen receive life while she receives the harshest penalty. with an iq that puts her close to mental retardation they say she is no mastermind. >> i can say she is as evil of a person as i have ever met. >> reporter: her step daughter where witness her execution. she did the crime, she says and now she will have to pay f
it in motion and look at thou the moisture surges. the blue is one to two inches in the west. in virginia four plus. see the bull's eye, that is four to five inches between now and friday morning. much of that between now and let's say tomorrow afternoon. we will get hit hard in to tonight and during the day on thursday. especially during the morning. temperatures cooler, upper 60s to low 70s. frederick, 75 there. only 71 here in washington. the day at a glance, mostly cloudy this morning, 65 by 9:00. late shower is possible. 69 for the drive home. angie, 4:31. >>> hope you are off to a great wednesday. we are waking up to construction. no big deal, right. 95 southbound, you want to watch for it at 198. we are losing a couple of right lanes because of it. the beltway, everything is clear from 95 to 270. there is roadwork set up past the georgetown pike area but it should be clearing in the next half hour or so. back to the maps, route 4, route 5 and 301, everything is checking out okay. no incidents or accidents on the maps. an then we want to take you over to virginia and show you the beltway
pushing through pennsylvania and west virginia. been a little lightning and thunder in pennsylvania this morning and it's breaking up, though and we need more appreciable rains than this around here but we will take any drops we can get. 77 reagan national. reston this morning you are 71. leesburg 74, manassas 73. the day at a glance, cloudy, mostly cloudy skies, 80ish around 9:00. partly sunny at noon. 5:00 p.m. 88. watch out the winds today out of the west 10 to 20. >>> good morning. hope you are off to a great start. just waking up to a water main break. repairs going on 410 where it meets the bw parkway and losing lanes in both directions so use caution if you are heading this way. we want to take you to 95 southbound in more where we have construction going on. taking away two lanes here at 216. 270 southbound you are doing fine out of frederick making your way to the spur. as we take a live shot here, nice and quiet live shot at 121. 395 all clear from the beltway to the 14th street bridge and 95 in virginia looking at a one hour commute from fredericksburg to the mixing bowl.
those yellowish areas, that's eight to ten inches southern maryland through eastern virginia and the eastern shore. tremendous rains ahead. if you can stay home today do i. devon lucie is in with me and will join us later. right now we throw it over to angie goff. >> getting worse. >> yes. yes. >> let's talk about the tieups we have been tracking since early on. avoid the flooded roadways. proceed with caution. any intersections that you are approaching this morning. this is a big tieup we have been watching all morning. not this plea immediate area. 70 eastbound is closed between the river bridge and 29 columbia pike. traffic is being diverted on to columbia pike and from there the way to get around this until 8 a.m. so pretty much throughout the morning rush is to take 840 or 99. move it outside to 270. things are filling out early. a good amount of volume around germantown road an then we will see more delays than usual given that heavy rain that we will be seeing throughout all morning. let's take you over to the maps again. chevy chase. this is another problem spot. a wa
virginia start the new school year. >> it will be a nice day to go back to school. it will be a little warm if them as the day heads on. >> but during the morning hours when you are heading to school, not bad at all. temperatures in the 60s for the most part. 70degrees right now in washington. let's take a look at the current conditions being reported at reagan national where the report is 70 degrees. relative humidity is at 73%. winds out of the south at 10 miles per hour. barometric pressure is on the rise. here is a look at the satellite- radar composite for the region. and things look good. we'll see a lot of clear sky this morning. couple of clouds here and there but for the most part, sunshine and not just this morning but through date i today as well. mostly sunny conditions. this will be the 1th day in a row in our area without any measurable rainfall. here is your forecast for today a lot of sunshine today, a little bit warmer than it was yesterday and certainly temperatures above normal. that's a look at the weather. more coming up in a little bit. >> let's get a check of traffic
it moving the next check is 495 in virginia watching the congestion build around the braddock road area up to 66 you are fine. what you are looking at here is 270. heading southbound you have volume between germantown road to 370. on the outer loop, you are looking at plus seven minutes make it from new hampshire to georgia. no incidents or accidents or along the way. and finally wrap with a map. route 4, branch avenue, crane highway, watching volume pick up. no major problems to report in these neck of the woods. it is 6:01. back to you. >>> at the top of the hour, here's a look at the stories happening today. it is back to school today in northern virginia. a dozen districts return including fairfax, arlington, louden and prince william counties. we will have a live report from vienna in four minutes. >> the former jetblue flight attendant who made national headlines last month heads to court. steven slater told off passengers, grabbed a beer and went down the emergency chute. he is charged with criminal mischief. >>> the u.s. is bidding to host the 2018 to 2022 event and washington coul
take you to the beltway, we stay in virginia. no real problems from 95 past 86 making your way up to the american legion bridge. let's move it next to maryland. didn't forget about you. tracking the 270 trip. everything is clear past father hurley to the split. and we will wrap with a look at the maps. 95 and the bw parkway, nice clean and green. you are okay making your way to 495. that's the traffic. andrea, back to you. >> thank you, angie. >>> well, today is the day all public school students in the dc area will hear the school bell ringing. most northern virginia systems start their 2010/2011 school year today. they are alexandria, arlington, fairfax, falls church, fredericksburg, king george, loudoun, manassas city, manassas park, orange, prince william and warren counties. now the biggest of these in our area is fairfax county with its 170,000 students, and that means many families are trying out their school routines for the first time this morning. kristin fisher is live at james madison high school in vienna, virginia with more. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. you kno
alert for drivers in virginia. major changes will take effect at one of the busiest sberks in ties -- sberks in -- intersections in tysons corner. natasha barrett is waiting to update us. >> there are a lot of changes going on here. i drive through this area a lot. i went to the redskins game, and i saw the big sign, and i thought, what's going on here? we're talking about the area near international drive in tysons corner. this area has been under construction for so long, we have all been dealing with it. here's another change. it basically affects the ramp off camebridge road. route 123, going in the direction of reston and wolf trap, that's shut down. the new exit is off 123 to the frontage road. this is because of the ongoing issues of building the metro out here in the depul dulles area. get this -- it started friday night. you will notice the change come -- this morning coming in and out of the area. the change goes all the way through the end of this year. live from tysons corner, natasha barrett, abc news. >>> it is easier to get to interstate 95 in northern virginia. the
. >> not much happening on the highways in virginia. that's good. good on the dulles freeway and toll road. maryland drivers heading to baltimore, northbound 95 a wreck after the exit. two lanes are getting by in case you're just passing through. baltimore, you may want to take 295 just to save yourself a little grief. quickly we'll jump over to a camera just to show you the quiet stuff on the beltway. >> lisa, thank you very much. we begin now with a developing story from southwest washington where police are investigating a body found on railroad tracks. the body was found late last night near second and d streets. police have released few details about what happened here. we will bring you the latest as soon as it becomes available. >> and our other top story this morning. an alert for parents of middle and high school students across virginia. a man interacted with students at area schools for years but it was what was found inside his home that put him behind bars. >> could it have been sheer chance that mark barget showed up on the police department's radar? his neighbor said about a
in virginia and ohio. >>> on thursday, a woman is expected to be executed in virginia. the first woman to be put to death in virginia in a century. rebecca cooper has the story. >> is it the wrongful execution of a woman? >> the death penalty is reserved for the worst of the worst, and she is not close to that. >> or did she carefully plot the death of her husband and step son? >> i can say she is one of the most evil people there is. >> mcdonald says he remains convinced lewis acted in cold blood planning to collect insurance money by having her boyfriend, even going through her husband's pockets while he lay diing. >> i would tell the governor, if i were to speak to him, these are people i love very much. >> her defense attorney would say she is a victim herself of an evil boyfriend. >> she is on the cusp of mental retardation herself and she was an easy mark. >> if someone is close to mental retardation, they are not subject to the death penalty. . >>> police were responding to a domestic dispute call when a man with a rifle opened fire on officers. the man, identified as 28-year-ol
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. the inner loop in virginia, a radical and construction blocking one lane. on the note at 66, or traffic must exit west on 66, "nutley street, and then hit that eastbound to access the beltway. construction and remains on the lappin at 66. 270 is good in germantown. back to you. >> thank you. >>> 4:32 on this wednesday morning. an apparent according case in the northwest neighborhood. a woman's belongings sprawled down the block after she is a victim from her apartment. it has led to serious issues. details from the roman and insight on how this will be resolved. >> eliose diaz came from nothing, growing up in venezuela. she began saving everything she could when she moved to the u.s. >> corridor for years to collect things to send to my country. >> she recently lost her job as a husky per, delahunt, and got evicted today. >> no job, no money. >> neighbors were concerned and they saw how much stuff was thede the the bodman cial --- womans' house. >> we've been calling politicians. >> it was to no avail. >> we went through a similar situation with a blizzard and gunnoe helicopter -- and got no
a look at what's happening now. light to moderate showers from virginia, hagerstown southward down to culpeper. where you see the yellow and the red here is the heaviest of rain moving south to north just like it was yesterday. moving into marshall, virginia. otherwise, a few spotty showers. even charlestown. here is the forecast for today. temperatures are near 70 degrees. rising into the low 80's this afternoon. the morning rain will come to an end and we'll have sunshine by lunchtime and into the afternoon. southwesterly at 10-15. another chance of what could be very heavy rain wednesday night through thursday. >> the george washington parkway southbound after 123, a deer just ran out in the roadway so be very careful if you're going to leave in the next 10-15 minutes. lingering road work on the beltway. traffic has to stay to the left. we'll take you to a live picture of traffic on the beltway in greenbelt, maryland. i saw that car on my way in broken down waiting for help to arrive. >> ok, lisa. thank you. 4:32 is your time on this tuesday. more rain moves through d.c. region.
governor to decide. >> reporter: a flick of the switch could save money. virginia governor bob mcdonald may give state employee as four day workweek. >> i wish i could do that. >> reporter: that's four ten hour days with fridays off. >> what is it supposed to prove? >> reporter: they are saying it would save money. >> yeah, right. i don't believe that. >> reporter: in richmond, the department of planning and budget estimates it would save about $3 million, half of it in energy costs. the state of utah implemented a four day workweek in 2008. they didn't save as muchpredict now a spokesman for the state of utah told me that when they implemented the four day workweek they were surprised to say that they saved money in overtime. their theory is that when people working a longer day they are watching the clock. and after the minutes tick by and their time is over, they are ready to go. >> we actually work an extra hour during the summer so get out half days on friday. i don't want to stay any time after the nine hours we are there during the week. >> people get really tired and cr
the westbound freeway and into virginia, stalled vehicles, there's an accident after main avenue, and i will show you the crash near the exit for 110, southbound on 395, notice the accident, traffic getting guide to the left. back to you. >> thank you. >>> our top story, police searched through the night for explosives that may have been left behind by and gunman who took three people hostage at the discovery channel building. he was shot and killed by police. the hostages are safe this morning, but there are still many questions. brianne carter is not the discovery channel headquarters in downtown silver spring. good morning, what can you tell us today? >> officers say that the gunman acted alone. james j. lee was well-known at discovering. a longtime protester who was upset with their programming. four hours , james j. lee held three men hostage inside the discovery channel building, beginning 1:00 yesterday afternoon when he locked into the main lobby with a handgun, a metal canisters strapped to his body, carrying a backpack and boxes believed to be explosive devices. he fired a sho
under way in parts of north carolina. prep rigs are under way from delaware, maryland and virginia's beaches down the eastern seaboard. laura evans has the latest developments. >> reporter: hurricane earl pushing through the area with high winds slamming the dominican republic. all is calm along the u.s. mid- atlantic beaches but that is about to change. earl is already making himself known along the coast with very rough water. in ocean city, he is churning huge riptides. >> we have a heighten awareness and should it be necessary, we'll take protective mitigation effort, actions for the city as a whole. >> we'll adjust the swimming regulation as cordingly. we'll limit people going into the water up to knee deep. >> reporter: the vicious riptides have already prompted hundreds of rescues. the water looks calm buts that proven to be very dangerous. one woman may have been paralyzed by the injuries she suffered. >> you feel the current. >> it was pulling me. you could feel it pulling you back into the ocean. >> hopefully, we'll be safe and sound and people will able to come down to t
, a campus alert in virginia. the school where students say they want to carry concealed weapons. >> a local gathering tonight involving the controversy of the protest of the burning of the koran. >>> intense reactions to a florida pastor's plans to burn the koran on september 11 are surfacing in our region. >> it has led to outrage from the obama administration and every corner of the country. members of the muslim community in silver spring feel the same way. jay korff has the new reaction. >> tonight, the muslims met with members of other faiths to talk about the koran and dispel myths about a holy text that one religious leader in florida plants to burn. pastor terry jones has about 50 members in his congregation, but right now the message from his pulpit is commanding a worldwide audience. >> our burning of the koran is drawing attention that something is wrong. >> he plans on burning copies of the islamic holy text saturday, the anniversary of the september 11 attacks come his way of protesting radicalism. >> i think what sometimes escape the news media, we have also received quite a b
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